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CMOHS.org - Private First Class HERDA, FRANK A., U.S. Army

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HERDA, FRANK A.

Rank: Private First Class
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company A, 1st Battalion
Division: 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division
Born: 13 September 1947, Cleveland, Ohio
Departed: No
Entered Service At: Cleveland, OH
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue: 05/14/1970
Accredited To: Cleveland, OH
Place / Date: Near Dak To, Quang Trang Province, Republic of Vietnam, 29 June 1968
 
 


HERDA, FRANK A. Photo
 
Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Herda (then Pfc.) distinguished himself while serving as a grenadier with Company A. Company A was part of a battalion-size night defensive perimeter when a large enemy force initiated an attack on the friendly units. While other enemy elements provided diversionary fire and indirect weapons fire to the west, a sapper force of approximately 30 men armed with hand grenades and small charges attacked Company A's perimeter from the east. As the sappers were making a last, violent assault, 5 of them charged the position defended by Sp4c. Herda and 2 comrades, 1 of whom was wounded and lay helpless in the bottom of the foxhole. Sp4c. Herda fired at the aggressors until they were within 10 feet of his position and 1 of their grenades landed in the foxhole. He fired 1 last round from his grenade launcher, hitting 1 of the enemy soldiers in the head, and then, with no concern for his safety, Sp4c. Herda immediately covered the blast of the grenade with his body. The explosion wounded him grievously, but his selfless action prevented his 2 comrades from being seriously injured or killed and enabled the remaining defender to kill the other sappers. By his gallantry at the risk of his life in the highest traditions of the military service, Sp4c. Herda has reflected great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.